Ben southern
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What initially began as a three-week holiday to New Zealand, extended to three years of living and working in a country, which now feels like my second home. In June 2018, it was time to return to Europe and later that year, I started as a Travel Specialist at A Journey DownUnder.

During my time in New Zealand, a boy’s dream became a reality when I successfully acquired my commercial pilot's licence. Taking people out on sunset flights to spot whales and dolphins, soon became the most normal thing in the world.

I started this trip in Makarora with a 20 minute scenic flight over a glacier and was dropped off in a remote valley. After a 4 hour one way hike, I was picked up by a jetboat and dropped off back at my car. What an adventure!

This is what makes New Zealand so special for me, experiencing unforgettable moments in unique places. Being away from the mass crowds, a philosophy that is fundamental at A Journey DownUnder.

"I was lucky enough to call Kaikoura home for almost 3 years."

Ben, Travel specialist
Here, a local Maori, showed me around Rotorua. He took us back to his family home to show us around his garden
I once joined a Maori family for a traditional ceremony. Although it was quite the show, it was a great way of experiencing the local culture

I have gained so many experiences in this beautiful country. That is why I am delighted to work with you and create a unique journey to a country where you will undoubtedly experience many unforgettable moments.

Tom, a local guide in New Plymouth, took me for a walk in the rainforest on Mt Taranaki. With a knowledgeable guide and a small group, it was a unique way of learning more about the volcano and all it's flora and fauna
Timoti and his Aunt Wikitoria have been long time friends with our Founder, Andrew Morten. I definitely suggest a guided walk with Timoti, where he shows you around his hometown Rotorua and tells you about the area and rich Maori history
Meet Ben at a Destination Day (currently online) and learn more about bespoke holidays, Down Under

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